MANKKU [mancko] – “Gör så gott du kan”

November 8, 2016 at 6:51 pm

MANKKU [mancko]

The expression “Gör så gott du kan” (appr. “do your best”) can be both a consolation and a curse. It’s also the title on MANKKU [mancko]’s, aka Magnus Fagernäs, latest singel, a taste of the upcoming album “Det var allt för stunden” (release November 17th). The song has been released before in an acoustic version recorded live in a studio. MANKKU claims, though, that this is how he really wanted the song to sound from the beginning.

It’s a dark atmosphere in this song where synths sweep in like black smoke, building up to a folkrock-vibing heavy chorus while MANKKU plays out all his dramatic intensity. Interestingly the folk song tinge is more obvious now than before, which underlines the timelessness in the story even further.  The song also ends with an ominous ambience, almost filmic, like if we are witnessing the smoldering remains of a battlefield. Dark, beautiful and haunting.

Mankku [mancko]’s site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Jonas Carping – “Cocktails & Gasoline” album

March 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Jonas Carping

It’s been a really slow start this year in the blog. I haven’t quit in any way, it’s just that other things have gotten in the way. Well, here’s a new post for you, and then we’ll see.

Half a year ago I wrote about Jonas Carping’s single “The Last Approval”, a single that was a first taste of this album, “Cocktails & Gasoline”. The single track starts the album, and is definitely one of the highlights of the record. This single track showed a larger and heavier rock sound than he has revealed before, and this is a trait that runs through on more songs on the album. Here’s a big span, though, all the way down to the naked folk song, where he’s all alone with the acoustic guitar. No matter the environment he is a something of a rebel, like the rock poet from the street who has jumped up on the Americana stage and shares his life experience with drama and passion, glowing in the darkness. And here he does it better than ever before. Here are three tracks from the album:

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Jonas Carping – “The Last Approval”/”Damn Old World”

September 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Jonas Carping

Jonas Carping is going to release his second album on the 7th of October. It’s called “Cocktails & Gasoline”, and to give us a hunch how it sounds, he has released a couple of singles already, which you can listen to here below. I recognize his warm, dramatic vocals, but the sound costume is a bit different this time. His folk vibing songs are inbedded in a bigger sound now, with echoing guitars that remind me of both Mark Knopfler and U2, and where driving beats urge us on to open, grand choruses. It’s beautiful, comfortable but not without some nerve and drama.

Jonas Carping’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Musicon Bandcamp

Immunförsvaret – “Svartvattnet”

July 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm


Immunförsvaret consists of David Björkén and Oskar Dahlberg, two musicians with their roots in Luleå who have played together in several other bands before. During Spring they have started to release singles, aiming för a debut album. “Svartvattnet” is the third single, which is presented in this entertaining (and ominous) video. This is a perfect combination of roots music and clenched fists from the north of Sweden.

Immunförsvaret on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Mårten Lärka – “Je Suis Un Rocker”

April 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Mårten Lärka

Mårten Lärka surprises us by releasing an album in French in the beginning of May. He has named the album “Alouette” and the first taste is called “Je Suis Un Rocker”, a title which even I understand. It sounds folk rock and the sixties, Dylan’s mid-sixties production comes to to mind, and it all gets a wonderful, distinct colour from the french lyrics. The music is composed by Mårten himself, while the lyrics are co-written with Algerian Hamid Khodja. Listen here:

Mårten Lärkas site – on Facebook – on Spotify

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